2018 Reading Challenge, Book 13, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck

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The title is telling you all your really need to know here. This is another book review. And it will be a short review for what is essentially a pretty short book.

2018 Reading Challenge, Book 13, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck
2018 Reading Challenge, Book 13, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck

I read this book in 2 days. Or in roughly 2 hours I sped through it. It wasn’t all that difficult, in keeping with the title and the contents of the book it was to the point and concise. It cut the crap and just existed in the very essence of the book.

This is the book that was on my list that I felt the most drawn to when I was compiling my list, mainly because I really need to stop giving so much of a fuck about things. I have gotten better at letting go of things that do not bring me joy or drain the life out of me, but for the most part there is still a lot of work to go. There was something mildly horrifying as I was reading this book and Knight was talking about the barn where all your fucks are and how you need to clear that out and look in every nook and cranny to truly get them all together where you can see them so that you can start dispensing of them.

It was was horrifying because when I even started to think about a little bit I started unearthing all these fucks that I knew I was holding onto and I wasn’t even scratching the surface with them. It was an iceberg. So much more hidden below the surface. And that thought in itself just served as such a sign that I really had some things that I no longer needed to give a fuck about and could just symbolically discard from my life.

And the process did start whilst I was reading the book. It got me thinking about how there are ways for me to just cut some shit out of my life and then move on. There are so many things that are weighing me down mentally that I can just chuck and will be totally fine without. It kind of truly drove home that I didn’t have to give a fuck about everything just because other people made it seem like I should (like LinkedIn… just no).

I read this book in between Laura Bates books, because as was evidenced by that mostly non-review the other day, Everyday Sexism unearthed some shit in me and I juts really needed to stop. On some level. Not completely because that isn’t necessarily going to be possible. But there were just so many things that I needed to stop giving a fuck about and this book does honestly feel like it gave me a foundation to do it with.

Without being an asshole.

That is a key thing about this book. It cannot stress you to enough about how to say no to something without coming across as a total knobhead. Which is important.

I liked the way everything was broken down in this into sections that made the idea of not caring about some things seem less daunting. Reading this book honestly felt talking to a friend on some level. Knight’s style of writing is so to the point but also funny and refreshing. It’s never preachy or anything and seriously it cannot stress enough how you need to not be an asshole with it. It was also relatable. I found myself having to actually double check where Knight was from because she made so many references that made sense to me (and also seemed kinda niche if you didn’t live in the UK). And it was that aspect of it that made the book so easy to read.

If you feel like there are aspects of your life that you need to stop giving a fuck about then I would recommend reading this book. It starts the process quietly without you even really realising as you move through the pages of the book. It’s funny. It’s actually kind of worryingly accurate whether you want to admit to that or not. It made me want to read Knight’s other works because I honestly think that on some level it could really help clear up a lot of shit in my life/brain.

This ended up longer than I thought it would be, but there you go. Would 10/10 recommend.

4/5 stars

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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